Ridorana Cataract ~ Pharos 2nd - Walkthrough | Final Fantasy XII

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This is the story walkthrough page for the locations Ridorana Cataract to the Pharos 2nd Floor in the game Final Fantasy XII (FF12, FFXII, FFXII Zodiac Age). Read on for more information about objectives, items, and bosses within this section.

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Ridorana Cataract Story Walkthrough

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1 Reddas will be joining your party at Balfonheim. Once you're done with whatever side-tasks you want to accomplish, head for Ridorana.
2 The Strahl can also freely travel anywhere by this point. Make your way north toward the Pharos.

1 | Party with Reddas

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At this point of the story, Reddas joins your party as a guest. He is a strong berserker type. With him in your party, it is a good idea to complete any side-quests or hunts that remain unfinished.

The Pharos at Ridorana Story Walkthrough

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3 There will be a savepoint available at the front area. Make sure to save, as you'll come face to face with this area's boss, Hydro.
4 Defeat Hydro and watch a cutscene. Enter Pharos right after. You'll come face-to-face with an inactive waypoint. Find a way to activate it.
5 There are clues all around the first floor of the ruins, but you basically have to collect a required number of orbs to activate three altars.
6 Once you've collected enough orbs and the altars are activated, the Seal of Night will be opened. Head through to proceed.
7 You'll be at the Dunes of Profaning Wind, where the first boss of the ascents, Paendemonium, will challenge you.
8 Defeat Paendemonium to find your way back to the door of the Threshold of Night. The waypoint will also be activated; touch it to proceed.
9 Move through the next floor. The key to proceeding through this area is to take out enemies called 'Brainpans' while avoiding similar ones named 'Deidars.'
10 Find your way to the Ancient Door in 47F. Save at the provided savepoint before you face the boss for Marsh of the Profaning Wind, Slyt.
11 Defeat Slyt and then proceed to the Reach of Diamond Law. When asked for an offering to open the door to the next area, choose to make an offering of the map function.
12 With the way open, make your way to the top floor. Move through the southwest corridor to find your way through.
13 At the Station of Suffering, find your way to the northernmost branch for the door going to the next area.
14 You'll find yourself at the Station of Ascension. Your exit for this area will be at the northernmost part of the map.
15 There is a save area here, meaning you're about to face the boss for Reach of the Damned, Fenrir.
16 Defeat Fenrir to proceed to the door which is connected with your earlier sacrifice.
17 Touch the available altar to restore your map and to use the lift. Climb up to the next area, which is the 3rd Floor of the Pharos.

3 | Points for Saving

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The Pharos at Ridorana stage of Final Fantasy XII is known as one of the longest stages in the game, if not the longest. It might be a while before you see the outside of the Pharos, and the enemies are more difficult from here on. If you can, save, and save as often as possible.

4 | The Undead Dragon, Hydro

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Barring your way to get into the Pharos is the undead dragon, Hydro. Obviously, holy-infused weapons will have a bigger chance at dealing significant damage on him than any other weapons. For a detailed walkthrough on how to deal with him, as well as with the other bosses, swing by our FF12 Boss Battles section.

7 | The Three Bosses

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There are three mini-bosses to fight against at the Pharos before facing the ultimate boss of the area, another Esper. If you're not ready, make sure to level-up as you make your way through the different floors. Read up on boss strategies and how to effectively deal with the challenges of the Pharos at our FF12 Boss Battles section.

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Paramina Rift ~
Stilshrine of Miriam
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Sochen Cave Palace
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